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Starting out
Old 4 weeks ago
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Starting out

Hi all,
First post.

I'm about to set up a little (very little) home studio to have a bash at creating / recording music. I'm intending to use mainly soft synths / drums and my electric guitar at the moment.

I have a late 2013 MacBook Pro (SDD / 16Gb RAM) and unless anyone screams 'no!', I'm intending to buy a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface and a Novation Impulse 25 midi keyboard/ controller. I intend to take a line out of my guitar amp / pedal board obviously with some further processing in the DAW. I've not settled on a mic(s) suitable for acoustic guitar / vocals as yet.

I've also not settled on a DAW but the interface and keyboard both come with lite/trial versions of a couple which I can experiment with.

As will be plain, this is very much a 'budget' setup to start with but hopefully something I can build on.

I'm not completely new to sound and recording - I used to record and operate at a theatre back in the day - all analogue - tape and a fully manual desk (although we had progressed to minidisc just before I left)

ny pointers or suggestions (and indeed screams of 'no!') gratefully received!

Cheers
Matt
Old 4 weeks ago
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Old 4 weeks ago
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Originally Posted by BT64 View Post
Get the stuff and start having fun.
Its more like this if you are starting out:
Get the stuff, pull your hair out for a week or so, then have fun
Old 4 weeks ago
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Its more like this if you are starting out:
Get the stuff, pull your hair out for a week or so, then have fun
:D That's half the fun. :X
Old 4 weeks ago
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Thanks Guys!
I'll get the gear and start using it - stand by for more questions! :D
Old 4 weeks ago
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Originally Posted by CJ Mastering View Post
Its more like this if you are starting out:
Get the stuff, pull your hair out for a week or so, then have fun
Marta, the Brazilian soccer star, put it very well when she said, "Cry in the beginning so you can smile in the end."`
Old 3 weeks ago
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to save money, you can get a free copy of garageband for a DAW and start from there.
Old 3 weeks ago
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My advice is not to fall in buying gear "madness". Concentrate on making good music and creativity process. You should buy gear parallel to your skill growth (and budget, off course). But don't be blinded with "hi end" stuff, just enjoy in process of making music!
Old 3 weeks ago
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A little warning

Dear friends,

I don't understand how someone got the idea, to make an
anti reflectionscreen BEHIND a microphone !
That does not work at all !!
Because a microphone has it's sensivity at the front, not at
the back.
If you want a better (dryer) sound, you must put such a
screen behind the speaker/singer.
Yepp, than it also must be much bigger.
If I may give a good advice ?
Make something yourself, with wooden planks, say 1 meter
wide, and 2 meter high. And than make three of them and
place them in a U-form behind the singer/speaker, with the
microphone pointing to the screen.
If you are ready, flap them together and place them to a wall,
and it uses hardly any space.

An experience I had, was recording a steamtrain, where I put
two cardioids in the front, pointed outside ofcourse, but in the
train were some children playing with some toy-flutes,
destroying the recording.... I thought.
But afterwards, I could not hear anything of them.
That prooves that the mics were not/hardly sensitive at the back.

No, the mics must be pointing to the screen, not out of it !

Good luck !

Evert
Old 3 weeks ago
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Dear friends,

I don't understand how someone got the idea, to make an
anti reflectionscreen BEHIND a microphone !
It looks "cool".
But I agree.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Originally Posted by MattWeth View Post
Hi all,
First post.

I'm about to set up a little (very little) home studio to have a bash at creating / recording music. I'm intending to use mainly soft synths / drums and my electric guitar at the moment.

I have a late 2013 MacBook Pro (SDD / 16Gb RAM) and unless anyone screams 'no!', I'm intending to buy a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface and a Novation Impulse 25 midi keyboard/ controller. I intend to take a line out of my guitar amp / pedal board obviously with some further processing in the DAW. I've not settled on a mic(s) suitable for acoustic guitar / vocals as yet.

I've also not settled on a DAW but the interface and keyboard both come with lite/trial versions of a couple which I can experiment with.

As will be plain, this is very much a 'budget' setup to start with but hopefully something I can build on.

I'm not completely new to sound and recording - I used to record and operate at a theatre back in the day - all analogue - tape and a fully manual desk (although we had progressed to minidisc just before I left)

ny pointers or suggestions (and indeed screams of 'no!') gratefully received!

Cheers
Matt
SUGGESTION: S^%T can the kiddy toys, go back and get one of those tape machines you used to work on, and make some REAL records.
Old 3 weeks ago
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I forgot something !!

Hello friends,

I forgot something to tell, about the screens.

If you will build such a screen with wooden plates (planks)
(sorry, my English is a bit poor)
don't forget to make them acoustical ok.
So, glue foam on them with a thicknes of about 2 inches.

For me this is so clear, that I forgot to mention.

Succes !

Evert
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